The Power of Fairy Tales and Snow White

Why do fairy tales endure? Why do we still retell them over and over? Certainly they are engaging stories, but there is more. They teach and remind us of lessons learned. In Snow White, we find themes of beware strangers, the dangers of vanity, and, disturbingly, don’t worry some man (or several small men) will…

Story Spotlight: The Inheritance Saga

A beleaguered warrior stalks through the woods with a frightened young girl by his side. He takes down a mother bear, then shows the girl how to heal its wounds with her immense magic. But when a gang of warriors threatens to take the girl’s power — and with it, her life — he dispatches…

Character Spotlight: Alyan Chi of “Alyan and the Lamp”

In the flickering lamplight, a young boy lays in bed, unable to sleep. His dream of knowledge were once dashed, but now they are reignited as a mysterious stranger invites him on a journey of discovery. Will his first trip out of Baghdad lead to everything he always wished for? Or will it lead to…

Comics vs. Graphic Novels: What’s the Difference?

Comic books. Comic strips. Graphic novels. Illustrated books. Manga. This one medium of storytelling seems to have a lot of different terms, and sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between them. Honestly, while some of these terms are actually quite similar, others can have wildly different meanings. So let’s break down a few of…

Impossible Interview: A Chat With Melody Gearheart

Stela’s stories are full of colorful characters, rich with personality. So, in order to get to know our fictional friends a little better, I’ve jumped into the the worlds of Stela’s original exclusives to talk directly to the characters themselves. This time, I’m blasting off to a remote corner of outer space, landing in the…